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Missing Dana Lynn Turner
Turner, circa 2011; Gene "Bones" Morris
Missing Since 09/22/2011
Chesapeake City, Virginia
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 12/16/1967 (53)
Age 43 years old
Height and Weight 5'9, 150 pounds
Medical Conditions Turner has high cholesterol. She was going through menopause at the time of her disappearance. She was taking prescription medication and may be in need of medical attention.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Turner may use the last names Canady and/or Turner-Canady. She has pierced ears.
In a conversation with her mother, Patricia Merna, Turner said she was leaving the following night to go to North Carolina for a job cleaning model homes. She was supposed to be back within three days, on September 22, but she never returned.
A man came to the home Turner shared with her sister, looking for Turner. He said he could take her to the Honda Accord Turner rented. Someone other than her had returned it to the Avis rental agency on Battlefield Boulevard north and dropped the key in the after-hours box.
Turner was a regular customer at the rental agency. When the car was returned, it was dirty and the gas tank was nearly empty, which is uncharacteristic of her. On Friday, September 23, her mother and sister reported her missing.
Gene "Bones" Morris II was possibly connected to Turner's disappearance; he had served time for manslaughter in connection with a 1996 shooting. A photo of Morris is posted with this case summary. Turner knew him because she'd helped repair his house, and he sometimes took his children to visit her.
Authorities searched his apartment and found an overnight bag with Turner's mail and prescription medication, trash bags containing her clothing and hairbrush and traces of blood matching Turner's DNA in the bathtub. After Morris's death, Sparrow claimed Morris had confessed to killing Turner. He supposedly shot her in the head, put her body in a restaurant dumpster and stole over 70 pounds of marijuana from her, which he tried to give to Sparrow.
Authorities have named Morris as a person of interest in Turner's disappearance, but he never faced charges in connection with it and neither has anyone else. In 2012, Merna had her declared legally dead so she could settle her daughter's affairs, such as sell her house.
A witness testified at the hearing, saying she'd seen Turner's body in the bedroom of Morris's apartment and helped him cover up her death. Among other things, she had put on a blonde wig so she would look like Turner and then returned her car to the Avis agency and wiped down its interior.
It's uncharacteristic of Turner to leave without warning or be out of touch with her family, and since she went missing she hasn't used her cellular phone or credit cards. Foul play is strongly suspected in her case, but it remains unsolved.
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